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80. Bob and Barbie Save the (Movie) World

80. Bob and Barbie Save the (Movie) World

Your correspondents saw the two biggest blockbusters this weekend and were surprised which one they preferred. We talk biopics, gender politics, and the greatness of random dance numbers

We Barbenheimer-ed! And we weren’t the only ones: Sarah found a 20-minute concession line in Dallas, the loo in NYC was out of toilet paper, and the two films took in more than $500 million globally. Still, would America have cared as much had the cinematic landscape not been so scorched-earth? Would Oppenheimer have been better as a mini-series? Did a Ken doll get more screen time than all the women in Oppenheimer’s life combined? We ponder these questions, as well as:

  • That time Tony Bennett wrote a hate letter to Sarah in the New York Times

  • Nancy has “guy-dar”

  • The Oppenheimer supporting actor who captivated Nancy

  • The problem with biopics

  • Which is scarier: the atom bomb or AI?

  • How seriously should we take the gender politics of Barbie?

  • How great is Ryan Gosling?

  • Did one of us cry during Barbie? Hold on, did both of us?

  • X marks the Twitter?

  • The Eddie Murphy sketch that Nancy swears she’s never seen (but how?)

  • The WWII book that made a bigger impact on Sarah than Oppenheimer

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